Cannings Purple’s talented team brings together the brightest minds, with consultants supported to build the best networks, while continually adapting and embracing change to deliver real and measurable impact for clients and the communities in which they operate.
When Cannings Purple first opened its doors in 2004, it was a two person start-up in Perth, focussed largely on investor-related public relations. In the 17 years since, it has grown to a team of 42 subject matter experts, with clients throughout Australia and globally, and market-leading expertise in investor relations, government relations, stakeholder engagement, graphic design, corporate affairs, crisis communications, media training, media intelligence, video production and branded journalism.
Although still majority-owned by its directors, Cannings Purple also has a cornerstone shareholder in WPP AUNZ, which is itself part of the global WPP network, spanning 111 countries.
Ranked by Business News for the past four years as Perth’s biggest strategic communications consultancy – and one of only a few in Western Australia offering a full suite of services to clients – Cannings Purple has twice been a winner in the world’s biggest public relations awards programme, the SABRE Awards. In 2019 it was named the financial corporate consultancy of the year for the Asia Pacific region. Cannings Purple was also one of four global finalists for the same category in the global SABRE Awards, and in 2019 was also ranked in the top-250 public relations firms in the world by revenue.
Cannings Purple celebrates diversity, with consultants aged in their 60s working daily alongside colleagues in their early 20s. More than 47 per cent of Cannings Purple’s team are female and four of the company’s director-level executives are women, including Managing Director, Annette Ellis and National Director, Karen Brown.
Cannings Purple and its people are heavily involved with peak bodies in the fields in which the company operates – including the WA Chamber of Minerals and Energy, Reconciliation WA, the Committee for Economic Development Australia, The Noongar Chamber of Commerce, the International Association of Business Communicators, the International Association for Public Participation, the Gold Industry Group and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
All staff benefit from a culture of continual learning and have available to them world-leading flexible working options, tailored to meet their individual needs and circumstances.
“At a minimum, Cannings Purple hires people with the highest level of skill in their field of expertise,” Managing Director Annette Ellis explained.
“But cultural it is more important for us, and the people we want are those who share our core values.
“We seek collaborative people who are willing to engage with colleagues and clients, who own responsibility for everything they do, are respectful in all that they do and who constantly strive for excellence. We have a mantra, that at Cannings Purple being ‘good enough’, isn’t good enough.
“Importantly, it is our people who embrace and live these values. Our values don’t live in a manual, or on a poster in the kitchen, they live in our collective behaviours and that’s a beautiful thing.”
Cannings Purple puts its people, their wellbeing and their development at the forefront of its efforts. Truly flexible work practices available to employees is a major part of daily life at Cannings Purple.
Cannings Purple have adopted a hybrid way of working, where people can choose their work location for the day, based on where they believe they will be most productive, adding value to our clients.
The company’s culture was never more evident than during COVID when, without exception, the entire team opted to take measures to safeguard their colleagues’ jobs during a time when revenue was materially impacted.
“We went into that challenge together and we came out of it together”, Marketing Officer, Dane Chandler said. “We are an even stronger team as a result”.